I need a musical stuffed bear for my six year old daughter. She loves the one she has and says it "needs a friend." [more inside]
posted by ubiquity
on Dec 21, 2007 -
Los Angeles shopping filter: Is there a big toy store like FAO Schwartz in LA? Also where can I buy a working mechanical typewriter? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine
on Dec 20, 2007 -
You've probably seen this toy Jacob's Ladder
before. I'm wondering if there are any other illusions that use the same principle, and whether they can be easily recreated by crafty amatuers. [more inside]
posted by maryh
on Oct 20, 2007 -
What's on the kids birthday lists this year? Parents, please help me get up to date on popular new children's toys and games. [more inside]
posted by JDC8
on Sep 8, 2007 -
DIY fantasy toys -- I've been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii, and my 2-year-old loves to watch and play along, to the point of sticking a foam sword down the back of shirt and running around with a Nerf slingshot and fishing pole. He turns 3 in September and in addition to his "nutritional" presents, I thought I would also get/make him some fantasy-enabling stuff. What are some existing toys that do a good job of mimicking Zelda-esque accoutrements, and/or what should be avoided, and/or what's easiest to make myself? An even bigger issue is finding "safe" stuff for him to swing his sword at ... some kind of indoor/outdoor monsters that are at least a foot tall or so. I can see making something out of pillows, or lampshades, or even buying a cheap toy if it's properly durable. Any ideas?
posted by blueshammer
on Aug 24, 2007 -
Calling all aunts, uncles and parents: Need recommendations on teddy bears that can handle a LOT of love from a child and can be passed on later to the next generation [more inside]
posted by jadepearl
on Jul 24, 2007 -
For a museum interactive, I need to choose popular kids' items of today related to the following categories: Book, item related to school, doll or figure, indoor game, and outdoor game. Your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Jun 21, 2007 -
How can I add a add a "talking" chip/device to an existing, or home-made stuffed animal? [more inside]
posted by raygan
on Mar 15, 2007 -
One for cat owners - What toys have you found your cats most respond to and enjoy? [more inside]
posted by chris88
on Mar 14, 2007 -
Anyone remember a toy series from the '80s or '90s which had figurines about an inch or so tall with magnets in their shoes? I think they were part of M.A.S.K. in space, but I can't find any info about them.
posted by riffola
on Mar 12, 2007 -
What product or services (that haven't already been) should be modified for individuals with disabilities -- educational or augmentative toys, games? [more inside]
posted by pallen123
on Feb 4, 2007 -
My husband has a bunch of Masters of the Universe toys that his parents saved from his childhood; they are all in good shape and most have the original boxes (although most of the boxes have seen better days). More within... [more inside]
posted by melangell
on Jan 16, 2007 -
I own the Brazilian patent to a popular US toy that has sold over 100 million dollars. What now? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann
on Jan 15, 2007 -
I want to restore pressed-steel Tonka toy fire trucks, but I haven't been able to find much information on how to do so. [more inside]
posted by scrump
on Jan 10, 2007 -
What's the chemistry of playdough?
The recipe for basic playdough is:
2 cups flour, 2 cups water, 1 cup salt, 2 tsp cream of tartar. This plus a little oil and food coloruing + low heat and stir until congealed.
What's the function of thee salt and the cream of tartar? The oil is obviously for lubrication the flour and water are what make the dough through the reaction of starch + heat.
posted by singingfish
on Dec 16, 2006 -
I'm a single 30-something guy and need some toys to fill out my Xmas wishlist. What are some fun & inexpensive gifts/gadgets/toys that I haven't thought of? [more inside]
posted by justkevin
on Dec 1, 2006 -
I'd like to make some basic cardboard cars for my boyfriend's twin toddlers for Christmas. I'm a teeny bit crafty but not "handy" so no power tools. Any ideas or inspiration for me?
posted by beccaj
on Nov 7, 2006 -
This toy was given to me by a friend when I was 10. I have no idea who manufactured it or even if it was wide-release or a dollar-store knock off. I'm 25 and I still
play with it. [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt
on Oct 5, 2006 -
Does anybody remember those circular templates that makes infinite radial patterns with colored ball pens? They had concentric holes for which to anchor a ballpoint against an outer axle, and then you change colors corresponding with the holes? What do you call those? Is it called anything at all?
posted by azul
on Sep 18, 2006 -
Looking for a site with weird dolls/stuffed animals made with parts of a few dolls into weird hybrids. [more inside]
posted by terrortubby
on Jul 25, 2006 -
Can anyone here point me to a website or know the approx. percentage of couples in North America who regularly use sex toys including vibrators with intercourse? Thanks!
posted by GoodJob!
on Jun 28, 2006 -
Is there an Incredibles toy I could buy somewhere for my son that is a reproduction of the "Octopus Robot" that Syndrome controls -- given that my son is apparently obsessed by this robot?
posted by Mr. Justice
on Jun 8, 2006 -
4 different models of a toy are sold in identical, sealed boxes. Assuming the 4 different models are produced/sold/distributed in equal numbers, etc..., what are the chances of buying only 4 boxes, chosen at random (at different times, even), and getting all 4 different toys? [more inside]
posted by ab3
on Jun 2, 2006 -
Are there developmentally harmful implications of giving a very young child toys that are uncommon representations (U.S. senators or industrial manufacturing robots) rather than common ones (trucks and puppies)? Or benefits vice versa? [more inside]
posted by pokermonk
on Jun 1, 2006 -
When I visited Japan two years ago, some konbini stores sold boxes with toys that contained a room with furnishings. More rooms could be interconnected to a complete house. I still kick myself on a daily basis for not buying them then and there. Can they be found for sale online? [more inside]
posted by ouke
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Any toy designers on Mefi? I am an artist looking to make a Transformer. I have access to 3-D programs, rapid prototyping and moldmaking capabilities. I'd like material suggestions / online tutorials (if any)... [more inside]
posted by Slothrop
on Feb 17, 2006 -
My daughter recently got my old play tea-set (cups, a teapot etc.). It is made from hard plastic. Is it still safe to drink from? There is no mention on the toys of the type of plastic it is made of. They are approximately 25 years old.
posted by davar
on Jan 19, 2006 -